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LiveStrong

In perusing the Internet recently, I came across this website and wanted to share it with our readers.  Initially when you see the cover page, there is a tab for Man and a tab for Woman.  There is a lot of information on this site about a number of different topics.  Thought you might find it worth checking out.

As I checked out the LiveStrong website, I noticed it is affiliated with the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  In spite of the fact that I have recently heard the headlines about Lance Armstrong’s suspected steroid use, I decided to post this anyway.  There is a lot of useful information here and I believe this blog is written by a number of people who may not even know Lance Armstrong.

One thing I noticed when I scrolled down and saw the experts both on the men’s page and the women’s page, is that these people are not seemingly a cross-section of demographics.  I have a difficult time figuring someone’s age, but I know they are no where near  60 years old.

Now, why would I go ahead and suggest that you read this information?  Remember the books I’ve mentioned numerous times before… Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women, by Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley?  Well, these experts are writing about things we need to get started on now, if you haven’t already.

Would you agree that a good goal for your life is to live young a long time.  It’s the food we eat the the way we move our bodies that counts.  O.K.  It’s diet and exercise!  (I didn’t say that in the previous phrase, because it’s so mundane and over-used.)  I think you know what I mean.

How are you keeping or achieving the good health you want?  Are you interested in living young a long time?

Do You Like To Hike?

Last year I posted this and thought it was worth reposting.  We’ve had such great weather this spring and everyone is starting to move outdoors more and more.  Let me know what you think of these concepts.

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Take a hike… aka- walk!

Mondays I like to write about life after sixty years of age.  To have a good quality of life, wouldn’t you agree that we need to be in good health.  What about walking as a form of exercise.

Recently I came across this article that details the many benefits to starting a walking program.  Probably worth your time to read it as it gives some compelling reasons to incorporate some kind of a walking program into your daily routine.

A while back I mentioned a book I’ve read, Younger Next Year for Women by Lodge and Crowley.  Dr. Lodge explains why some type of strenuous exercise for 45 minutes a day at least six days a week, is non-negotiable for fortify your body from ‘decay’ (their term).

Walking is on their list of easy choices.  Inside on a treadmill or outside, weather permitting.  It’s easy to do.  Problem is, it’s also easy not to do.

Time can be a consideration in all of this, but perhaps the question to be asked is this:  “Isn’t it important to carve out the time now, so we will be in the condition we would like as we age?”

Give it lots of thought and perhaps it’s a matter of starting with less than 45 minutes.  But, ultimately it’s the 45 minutes six days a week that will give you the best r.o.i. of your time.

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So what are your thoughts about this?  Are you ready to start a walking program?  We’d love to hear from you.

Anti-Aging Stuff…

This was written almost one year ago, but thought it was worth the re-post here.

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Monday is the day I write about aging, or as I say, enjoying life after sixty.

Most of the time in our culture, when someone is talking about getting older or presenting on a related topic, they phrase it, ‘anti-aging‘.

After having read, Younger Next Year For Women, by Lodge and Crowley, which I have referenced here a number of times, it gives me a chuckle when I hear the term, anti-aging.  Lodge and Crowley contend that we’re going to continue to look older each year, but we can always look good.  It’s the inside of our body that can be younger next year.

To get ideas for this blog, I just Googled, aging in 2011… One of the first items I saw was information about a big ‘Anti-Aging’ conference to be held in December of this year.  Apparently it will have many and numerous experts and authorities on the topic.

Does this not sound a bit silly?  If you have read the book by Lodge and Crowley, doesn’t it make more sense to just take a natural approach to aging and realize it will happen just by our being alive for more years.  That’s a good thing, right!

Lodge and Crowley advocate for being younger as we age by a rather simple formula

Strenuous exercise forty-five minutes a day, six days a week.  Strength and weight training two of those days.

Eat well, (we all know by now what’s good and what’s not or could get that information easily).

Stay connected and committed to others and something we can feel passionate about.

My feeling is that it’s not about hormone replacement, Botox or the litany of other complicated and invasive protocols being tested and touted.

What are your thoughts about anti-aging or aging?

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I realize the conference I referenced has already taken place.  Perhaps you would want to Google it and see how it went.

What are your comments to all of this?

How’s Your Mindset?

How’s your mindset about the age you are right now?  What about the future? Do you think about aging and all the bad press it’s received?

Would you agree that there is a lot of information out there about aging and the assumptions of normal aging, or should I say… what people think is normal?

It seems that most people feel that there are many factors beyond our control.  I would agree that some factors are beyond our control, but there are so many more that are within our control.

O.K.  Let’s face it… lines and wrinkles on our face are going to happen.  That’s beyond our control to a certain extent.  Certainly lots of products have been developed within the past few decades that help that, but no matter what miracle, anti-aging product you buy, it’s not going to produce a twenty-something year old-looking face.  And probably not even a forty-someting face.  Maybe just a better sixty-something face!

One thing I’ve learned that is within our control, is how we keep moving.  You know, exercise.  In high school, I remember disliking the very concept of exercise, but over the past number of years I’ve realized how important it is.  And since being introduced to the Younger Next Year books, by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD. it’s enhanced my understanding of the real benefits of exercising.  We can be younger next year on the inside with the amount of exercise and weight work they advocate.

How’s your mindset about all of this?  Hopefully you have a positive mindset because it’s so very important.  It’s probably one of the most important factors of aging.  Aging successfully.  And isn’t that what it’s all about?

What’s Ahead?

Over this past weekend, I finished reading for the second time, Younger Next Time for Women, by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD.  Reading a good book entirely to the end is bitter sweet, wouldn’t you agree?  While you’re reading it you are anxious to read and discover what’s next.  When you’re done, you miss the characters with whom you’ve become familiar.

That’s how I’m feeling now, even though this is my second time around with this book.  What I have found profound in this book, are the various bits and pieces at the end where each author kind of further analyzes things they wrote about in certain chapters.  Then each has a kind of summary at the end.  If you have read this book, you know that Chris Crowley is about mid 70’s now and a former attorney, and Henry (Harry) Lodge is the doctor with all of the scientific information.

Chris writes about how it is after you stop working.  Because he was an attorney in a New York law firm, he had the structure of going to work, being there and then going home in the evening.  He found it a bit difficult to adjust to not having that routine.  He writes that it’s not hard, just unfamiliar, which reads as hard.  He indicates that Harry uses a metaphore about how the paths for the young are marked with huge, legible signs:  Go to college; Take this exit to work for Proctor & Gamble; Stop off to have a child; Stay home; or Become a cog in the American economy.

Using this metaphore, the paths after sixty are back roads or country lanes, with no signs to tell you where to go.  Or who to be.  No role models.  No norms of behavior and not support organizations.

Chris observes that in time, if you do it somewhere near right, you’ll come to appreciate the beauty of the back roads, their comparative calm.  And the fact that you have so many options to do whatever you want.  As with any meandering road, it’s less a matter of getting someplace and more a matter of enjoying the trip.

Not the destination but a journey!

Your thoughts?

Emotions and Thoughts

I’m intrigued whenever I hear about or read about the correlation between our feelings or emotions and our thoughts.  I had read about this many years ago and have had this awareness since that time.  What has really intrigued me is that knowing it and controlling feelings and emotions are not the same.  At times, I’ve actually been aware that I chose to feel bad or sorry for myself because of some incident until I was ready to move on.  Fortunately for me, this type of thing doesn’t last long.  I know that the ‘move on‘ part is important and I do.

The information in this post is from Henry Lodge, MD, one of the authors of Younger Next Year For Women.

There have been questions as to which is the lead, thoughts or emotions.  And the research has shown that most of the time our emotions take the lead.  Our thoughts follow.  Maybe it should be the other way around, but it is not.

Emotion literally precedes thought at the neural level.  So a positive emotion will tend to generate a positive thought in response.  And, like an ongoing circle, having a positive thought will generate a positive feeling.  Here’s the other side of the coin… The same loop works for negative thoughts and feelings.

Actually, according to Dr. Lodge, the research has shown that we have a remarkable ability to think and feel our way into happier or more depressed states, regardless of external reality.  And, you can train yourself to live in either an optimistic or a pessimistic frame of mind regardless of your external circumstances.

How you view your life has a surprisingly large role in determining how your life goes.  So there is a real premium on having positive emotions.  The good news is that you can create positive emotions by consciously creating positive environments.

The doctor’s advice:  Good stimuli like exercise, decent sleep, rational diet, love and play.  Happiness comes primarily from building connections, giving and getting love and friendship.  All of this takes work, but how satisfying it is when you have done it.  In other words, connect and commit to generate those positive emotions  that will give you great thoughts and a happy life.

What are your experiences with this?  How do you keep your emotions and thoughts in good shape?

Harry’s Rules

Over the past year, I’ve written about Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year For Women by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD.  I am almost finished reading the ‘women’s version’ for the second time.

Contained in the book are Harry’s Rules, which are seven simplistic statements by which to live in the last third of our lives.

His last two rules I’ve paraphrased below.

Care:   Be interested enough to get up every day and give it a shot… do new stuff, do old stuff… keep on going when you wouldn’t mind sitting down for a while.  Care enough about exercise and nutrition so that you have a decent body and a good attitude going into the next third.  That’s important.  But that’s only part of it.  With exercise you have given yourself a fine way to get around.  Now you must get out and about.  Once you’ve taken charge of your body, now take charge of your life.  We can’t just be dormant and sit around.  And when you think to yourself, who cares?  Who cares if I get up and exercise today?  Or eat a vast tub of popcorn?  Or work on that project I’ve been so excited about?  Really, who cares?  The answer better be ‘I care!’.  Or you’re done!

Connect and Commit:  Rededicate yourself to family, friends and companions.  Get involved in groups and do communal things, whether work or play.  If we don’t exercise our social skills, if we let ourselves become cut off and increasingly solitary as we age, we will become ill and die — according to Dr. Lodge.  Hundreds of studies have demonstrated this point.  Caring at every level is one of the most important things you can do in the next third of your life.

These books have powerful messages for us all.  Perhaps you will get one or both of them and share your thoughts with me.

Do You Know About Cytokines?

Here’s why exercise is so very important…

Cytokines–What do you know about them?  They are messenger molecules.  Hundreds and thousands of cytokines are at work in your body, regulating growth and decay to the most microscopic level.  Dr. Lodge, co-author of Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year, simplifies the explanation in the following way:

Imagine there are two master chemicals that control decay or growth in every tissue and cell in your body–cytokine-6 and cytokine-10 (C-6 and C-10).

C-6 is the master chemical for inflammation (decay) and C-10 is the master chemical for repair and growth.  C-6 is produced in muscle cells and bloodstream in response to exercise and C-10 is produced in response to C-6.  This is the body’s brilliant mechanism for coupling decay and growth.  C-6 actually triggers the production of C-10.  Decay triggers growth.

50 percent of your lean body weight is made up of the 660 muscles in the body.  This is a huge, massive reservoir of C-6 and C-10, a massive reservoir of potential youth if you do your part.  Exercise triggers repair, renewal and growth by producing C-6.  All forms of aerobic exercise produce C-6 in logarithmic proportion to both the duration and the intensity of exercise.  This is an automatic measure of how much exercise you do, how much inflammation you cause and how much growth you will experience.  In other words, how much C-10 will be released.  C-10 is key, because growth is the magic you are after.

The right balance is:  good decay triggering growth.

One of my favorite books of all times is Younger Next Year for Women, by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge.  You may wonder why I write about this often.  It’s because I want a great quality of life as long as I live.

Perhaps you would agree, as it almost seems dumb to disagree to that statement.  Well, how do you plan to have this great quality of life?  Personally, I’m following the advice in this book because I believe it to be sound, scientific advice about how to make sure that what goes on inside our bodies makes that happen.

By recommending this book, I gain nothing, except perhaps knowing I have shared what I consider is some great, important information that could literally save your life, or at least give you a better quality for as long as you live.

What are you doing about your C-6 and C-10 Cytokines?  I’d love to hear.

Younger Next Year For Women

Yesterday I mentioned the book, Younger Next Year.  A few years after this was published the authors, Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD wrote the counterpart, Younger Next Year For Women.

Recently I stumbled across this blog post where I found the video below.  Interesting blog.

The concepts in these books fascinate me.  I think of it as the answer to the challenge of aging.  People can bury their heads in the sand about the reality, but it happens to everyone with or without our permission.  These books give us the road map to living a quality, healthy life well beyond what most of us have been told is possible

Living a quality, healthy life is truly success after sixty.

Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge, is of course the fantastic book that we should all be reading.  Early this year I bought copies for my husband and myself.  The women’s version is Younger Next Year For Women.

I have referred to many books in this blog, and this is one of the most important of all.  This book can give you the foundation to have a quality of life for the many years we probably have ahead.  So, recently I have picked it up and am starting to re-read it.  Not only the parts I highlighted or underlined, but the entire book.  This book is that important, at least in my opinion.  And according to the authors, it is not opinion at all, but medical fact.

Chris Crowley has a great way of expressing himself.  He is the non-medical of the two authors, while Henry Lodge is a medical doctor and gives the scientific foundation of it all.

According to what they write:

The real problem is outliving the quality of life not running out of quantity.  The fact is that the average American who hits 50 or 60 in reasonable health is likely to live well into his or her 80s.  One of the great risks of our age is living far longer than we can live well.

These concepts have no age limits, either up or down.  Everything gets slower and more difficult with age, but age alone never makes life bad.  At the younger end of the spectrum we start to age by the end of our 20’s, so at 30 our quality of life is up to us.  It can and should be great if you decide not to give up but to take charge.  Younger Next Year is the road map for taking charge.

To me this is a fascinating and exciting concept.  And, having read this book once already, I know that this is for our health what Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge, is for the personal development aspects of our life.

This is what I would call a universal truth.  We need to do every day, the things that will lead to a better quality of life for ourselves.

What slight edge things are you doing to create a better physical life for yourself?